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Thursday, May 24, 2007

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decline, Economy Grows, Environmentalists Complain

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions dropped 1.3 percent last year even as the economy grew by 3.3 percent.

The 1.3 percent drop in CO{-2} emissions marks the first time that U.S. pollution linked to global warming has declined in absolute terms since 2001 and the first time it has gone down since 1990 while the economy was thriving. Carbon dioxide emissions declined in both 2001 and 1991, in large part because of economic slowdowns during those years.
That’s good news, right? No, not in some circles.

"This is more proof that this President just doesn't get it when it comes to combating climate change," Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) said in a statement yesterday.
Let’s see, if U.S. greenhouse gas emissions continue to drop by 1.3 percent per year, by 2050 they’ll have been cut by 60% without destroying the economy. What’s Kerry got in mind?

Jeremy Symons, who directs the National Wildlife Federation's global warming program, wasn’t happy with the news either:

"Unfortunately, until we have government mandates to cut global warming pollution from big polluters, this year's good news will be swallowed by the trend of rising pollution levels."
In fact, since 1990 green house gas emissions from U.S. industry (“big polluters”) have been flat and U.S. methane emissions are slightly down in absolute terms.

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4 Comments:

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous rbm411 said...

Enviornmentalism = Socialism

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger joated said...

"government mandates"

I wish these guys would get the parrott off their shoulder. I'm getting sick of hearing the same damn solution to every freakin' perceived crisis: "government mandates."

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Dino P. Crocetti said...

"Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards." -Ronald Reagan

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ummm...you need to check your math. Emissions didn't go down 1.3% last year, the rate of growth of emissions slowed by 1.3%, there's a difference. For example if energy use grew at a rate of say 3% and emissions was reduced by 1.3% the increase in emissions would have only been 1.7%.

Using my example of 3% annual energy growth and only 1.7% annual emissions growth, in 50 years emissions will have increased 228% compared to 425% growth in energy consumption and most of NJ will be underwater.

By the way CO2 isn't a hydrocarbon and neither is CO. The hydrocarbon Reagan reffered to is methane which does come mostly from plants and doesn't contribute significantly to global warming.

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance....

 

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